WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) has announced that, following a public comment period, it has approved a
final consent order against Progressive Chevrolet Company and Progressive
Motors Inc. of Massillon Ohio.
The consent order settled allegations brought by the FTC
that Progressive deceived consumers by advertising low monthly car lease prices
but not disclosing other key terms of the offer, such as credit score
requirements and that the payment does not include tax, title and
Under the terms of the consent order, the dealers cannot
advertise monthly prices without also mentioning conspicuously all
qualifications or restrictions to a consumer’s ability to obtain the advertised
terms. Additionally, the dealers cannot misrepresent the cost of purchasing or
leasing vehicles or any materials about vehicle price, sale, financing or
leasing. The dealers must disclose key terms if they advertise a certain
The FTC voted 3-0 to approve the final consent order.